What can sources tell us about poverty in 1904?

This lesson sequence for Year 12 and 13 students was written by Debbie Bogard from City & Islington Sixth Form College in London.

Overall enquiry question

Poverty c1904: Attitudes and action – what can sources tell us about poverty in 1904?

Learning objectives

  • develop source skills through analysis of contemporary sources, identifying reasons for similarities and differences between sources
  • examine why the government was concerned about levels of poverty in the beginning of the 20th century and how it understood the causes
  • think critically about the nature of acquiring data and the extent to which a data set can help historians understand how poverty was experienced in the early 20th century
  • compare the 1904 inter-departmental report with the 1904 survey and assess the degree to which the survey corroborates the findings of the report


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